Showing posts with label Tacloban. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tacloban. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Shimanami restaurant, Robinson's, Tacloban City

Our trips to Tacloban allowed us to eat at various restaurants there. Of course, there are the reliables like Ocho and Guiseppe's. Warehouse is in Palo and not somewhere we can eat at regularly. And so we tried out standalone restaurants in downtown as well as those in the malls. Since many of us studied in Japan, we also tried to find any good Japanese restaurants in the city. A good find was Shimanami Restaurant at the 2nd Level of the new Robinson's mall across from the city's north bus terminal.

Chicken katsu curry
Curry rice
We enjoyed our food there and unfortunately they still have a limited menu (so far). I hope they eventually have sushi, sashimi and other items (I don't recall that they had tempura on their menu.). We look forward to eating at this restaurant again on our future trips to Tacloban.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Pasqualino's Ristorante Italiano

A highlight of my recent travel to Tacloban is going to this Italian restaurant located on top of a hill not in Tacloban but in the town of Sta. Rita in the nearby island of Samar. It wasn't difficult to go there as Samar and Leyte are connected by the San Juanico Bridge, and it was just minutes away from where we were already doing fieldwork so we "didn't mind" going out of the way to have a good meal.

Tables are set around the pool and there's a more private area that should be good for meetings or dates.
Restaurant lobby or foyer - this was probably what used to be the receiving or living area for the house. The decor reminds us of the Christmas season that ended last Sunday with the Feast of the Epiphany that is more popularly known as "Three Kings".
An infinity pool and breathtaking views of the San Juanico Strait
Bar and kitchen with the Christmas Tree and reindeer

Entrance to the restaurant - guests may wait here or maybe take some photos of the splendid views including those with the San Juanico Bridge.
Coconut water from the shell
Their version of one of my favorite pastas - prosciutto and porcini mushrooms
Their best-selling pizza is "Everything and Prosciutto" and I must say that it is a "must try"
Fresh salad
Meat platter

Pasqualino's is owned by the same family behind Giuseppe's at the corner of Del Pilar and Veteranos in the Tacloban downtown. The food is great and the prices won't punch a hole in your wallet or pocket. Servings are generous and the service is also good. You just can't go here quite frequently though so perhaps Giuseppe's is the place for you if you're in downtown Tacloban.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Another look at the San Juanico Bridge

I was back in Tacloban last week and was able to try out a new restaurant but in the nearby island of Samar. I will post about this dining experience in a future post. Meanwhile, here is a photo of the San Juanico Bridge from the restaurant, which is located at the top of a hill with a great view of the San Juanico Strait dividing Leyte and Samar.

View of the San Juanico Bridge from Pasqualino's, which is in the island of Samar

I was fortunate to be able to take a clear shot of the bridge as the weather was not cooperating last Friday when it was mostly raining and the bridge was usually shrouded by rain or mist.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Chew Love, Tacloban

Another restaurant we went to when we were in Tacloban last month was one that we had spotted before but didn't consider because at first glance it looked like a place for younger people. Another colleague thought it looked like one of those food hubs that's now the fad around Metro Manila. It turned out many of us wanted to try it out and it helped that one of our contacts in Tacloban recommended the place.

The decor reminded me of another restaurant, Stacy's, that had that American diner feel to it.
The interior was well lighted, clean, and orderly
There are a lot of 'positive' and humorous messages posted around the restaurant that are consistent with its theme and vibes.

The menu features some interesting names for the items
Here's the rest of the main menu (there's a separate menu for drinks and dessert)
These seats are likely for waiting and not necessarily for dining.
This probably drew inspiration from the bridge in Paris that was recently rid of decades of locks attached mostly by tourists.
'Cheeky feeling'
'Love at pork sight'
'Hot chick'
'Beef mine'
Their version of the halu-halo
Sinful chocolate dessert
Chew Love turned out to be a good restaurant. Serving sizes are just right for the meals and a bit generous (indulgent) for dessert. The latter may be meant for sharing perhaps? There are two buildings where customers can be seated. They fill one first before allowing people in the other. A third building is under construction and is closest to the street. The kitchen is located at the back area of the compound. Parking is very limited so that's an issue for those bringing their own vehicles. My transport background makes me wonder how such restaurants can comply with parking requirements considering they are in clear violation of the National Building Code...but that's another story.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Giuseppe's, Tacloban City

Our most recent trip to Tacloban was long enough to allow me and my colleagues to try out some of the restaurants that were highly recommended by our hosts there. Among these restaurants is Giusseppe's, which is an Italian-Filipino restaurant. No, it is not a fusion of the two cuisines but rather they offer both Italian and Filipino items on their menu.

The restaurant is located along Avenida Veteranos corner M.H. Del Pilar Street across from the Divine Word Hospital
The interior has a homey feel about it
They also have a small shop inside the restaurant where they sell items like wines, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and others. These appear to be mostly imported from Italy.

The restaurant has plenty of natural lighting and tables for groups or even the individual customer
The decors are interesting
The garden salad was fresh
Grilled pork chops
Spaghetti Puttanesca
Spaghetti, olive oil, garlic and salsiccia

The food was good and the prices don't hurt the wallet, too. The place is popular especially during dinner time. It comes at no surprise because they do serve good food and the place feels just like home to those who dine there.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

History on the beaches of Tacloban

The venue for a workshop we attended in Tacloban last week was Patio Victoria near the airport. Upon arriving at the venue, one couldn't help but notice the historical marker on what appeared at first as a big piece of rock on the property. The 'rock' turned out to be a pillbox constructed by the Japanese forces along what was part of the beaches of Tacloban as part of the defense against the impending landings of the American forces who were to commence the liberation of the Philippines in World War II.

Pillbox at the Patio Victoria parking lot
Another pillbox at the beach
These are what remain of the defenses constructed during the Second World War. You can just imagine how the place looked like back then and perhaps think about how many people died in the area from all the fighting that took place there. My friends and I were joking that perhaps there were ghosts in the area and its not a place where you would want to take a stroll after dark. Further along the same coast is the place where Gen. Douglas McArthur landed on the beaches of Leyte to declare hist return to the Philippines.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Warehouse, Seafood & Ribs Restaurant, Palo, Leyte

This is a late post because we were in Leyte back in August and not recently. After our meetings were over, our hosts took us out for a side trip and dinner. Instead of going around Tacloban City, we instead went to the next town, Palo, which is the site of the Leyte landings back in 1945, when Gen. Douglas MacArthur fulfilled his promise of returning and liberating the Philippines from the occupying Japanese forces. After our visit and photo ops, we drove to a nearby restaurant that we learned was quite popular not just among Palo residents but also to Taclobanons, too.

Warehouse seafood & ribs restaurant is along the national road just past the junction to the government center. It is 'paluto' style so you get to select the seafood and/or meat at front and give instructions on how you want it cooked.

Roadside sign
A peak inside the restaurant
Interesting door made out of wood from old crates
There were already many diners when we arrived.
Accent wall inside the restaurant
View of the restaurant from our
Sinigang, Waray style
Garlic prawns
Baked scallops
Pinakbet, Waray style
I forgot what this fish was called there but the grilled dish was very good and just what we expected in a good restaurant
Tuna belly just the way we liked it
Our meals at Warehouse were very good and just what we liked about traveling outside Metro Manila and especially in Visayas where the seafood is great. The restaurant is highly recommended although I am sure there are many good places to eat in Tacloban. The seafood was fresh and they were good in cooking according to how diners wanted their food.